Fire Captain William Basulto was off-duty and planning to enjoy a Rams versus 49ers game, which would have been an incredibly exciting day for him. However, while enroute to the game, Basulto spotted smoke.
Jumping to action, the fire captain pulled over and ran to Dozier Street in East Los Angeles. As he arrived, he found out that a woman was trapped on an upper floor. The floor was quickly filling with smoke, so he had to act fast.
First, he called the neighbors into action – he told them to look for a ladder for him, get their garden hoses and aim them in the right direction toward the house fire. Anything to try to calm the fire down and dial 9-1-1.
Thanks to his quick thinking and prompt action, Basulto was able to rescue Blanca, a 56-year-old woman and her dog from the second story of the home.
While one of her dogs was rescued with her, two perished in the fire and the home was completely gutted. Blanca suffered from smoke inhalation, but otherwise recovered thanks to the heroic efforts of Officer Basulto.